Prison Poems

Prison Poems

Poems for When a Family Member is in Jail

Prison is the punishment that keeps on taking. Long after the individual has regretted his or her sin and wishes to go back to living a productive life, he must stay in prison wasting his precious years on this earth. Almost anything you take from a man can be given back except time. He can never reclaim the time that was stolen from him. He can never experience his children growing up for they are already grown. He can never experience those precious moments with his wife for most likely she has moved on. Of all the crimes that man commits to go to prison, in most cases our decision to keep him there is worse.

25 Poignant and Heart-wrenching Poems about Prison

  1. 1. My Rage

    • By Lorilei Brown
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2013

    I have been abused like any other child out there has. It makes no difference, Abuse is Abuse! That's how I've learned to be respected by others. So do not judge me for what I've done in my past. Everyone makes mistakes and I have truly learned from mine..... Have You?

    During my childhood I was badly abused
    and as I grew older, I became the accused.

    The beating I took came straight from dad,

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    Hi, my name is Lisa. This poem really touched my heart in more ways than I'm even able to say. It brought back so many bad memories that I have tucked away for a long time. Sometimes I wonder...

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  3. 2. My Prayer

    • By Tina Fortner
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2011

    My name is Tina. My husband's name is Jason. He is currently in a state prison. He's been there 12 years, and I miss him so much. I moved over 300 miles from my hometown recently to the city where the prison is located so I could be here closer to him. I don't know anyone here, so it's been extremely hard. We still have a ways to go, but we'll make it. Our love is forever.

    I feel a tear run down my face
    As I sit in this quiet, lonely place.
    I think of you and need you here.
    I wipe away my falling tear.

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    I so identify with your testimony. My husband and I have been together 34 years, and have been married for 32 years. He has served 26 years of a life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. I...

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  5. 3. The Game

    This was written to my boyfriend in jail while I was missing him more than words can describe.

    Let me tell you about a game I play
    Where I close my eyes and fade away

    I float away to a special place

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    I wanted to cry when I read this. I didn't realize how often I do this, even throughout the day. This one touched my heart. My husband has been in jail for 3 years. He got 7 years and there...

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  6. 4. Without You

    • By Dawn
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2016

    This is a poem I wrote for my boyfriend who is incarcerated!

    All these days and nights without you here,
    It's a little bit more than I can bear.

    The days are cold and so very long.

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    The first time I had a boyfriend, we dated 6 years (basically from when I was in 4th grade until now). Very recently, we broke up because he was always busy, and I hardly saw him. Now that...

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  7. 5. Yaz And Orr

    One of my most heartfelt and favorite poems despite the sadness involved in it.
    Yaz and Orr were our childhood sport heroes. Yaz was a Boston Red Sox player whose real name is Carl Yastremski and Orr is Bobby Orr who was the greatest hockey player ever. Both are still Boston icons and in the Hall of Fame of their respective sports.

    My brother was always my best friend,
    We would play sports and we'd just pretend.
    I'd hit a homer, a goal he'd score,
    You see I was Yaz and he was Orr.

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  8. 6. Thoughts Of A Convict

    • By Luis Verduzco
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2009

    Someday the gates will open,
    and once more I'll be free.
    A fact that makes me wonder,
    "What will become of me?"

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    I am a female who is out on parole. I spent 5 years of my life in prison for my crime. They said my punishment was for rehabilitation, but instead they just locked me away. I didn't learn how...

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  9. 7. The Forgotten Victim

    Unless a person has experienced this situation, it is very hard to put in to words. Families of prisoners are the forgotten victims.

    A person's comment:

    "That's her there! Her hubby's inside!"
    "How can she stand by him?" a neighbor cried!

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    Both my husband and I have done a lot of time, and being apart it so hard. There is no rehabilitation in the system, and sometimes people make mistakes, but that does not mean you turn your...

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  10. 8. Daddy, You're In Jail

    • By Sydnie L. Jackson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A child writes to her father who is in jail. She writes him words of hope and love, reminding him that there are many outside who love him.

    Daddy, you're in jail so far, far away,
    and it hurts me almost every day.
    I knew when I was there
    it was coming to an end.

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    The last time I saw my dad was July 23, 2015. My dad is currently in jail right now. My dad was in jail for eight years before. He got out when I was in second grade. The reason he went to...

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  11. 9. End Of A Journey

    • By Ken Budden
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011

    This is a poem I will be sending to my son as he nears the end of a prison sentence. It's really a sequel to "Too Young for Bars," the poem I wrote when my son was first sent away.

    The end of your journey is now in sight,
    And from the darkness you can now see light.
    I know it's been tough, but I'm hoping you know,
    From that hard bitter lesson, "You reap what you sow".

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    I was very touched. My son is also in prison for a stupid incident because of his ex-wife of 20 years and his best friend. He is nearing time for parole. He has nearly spent 4 years of an...

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  12. 10. Daddy's Gone

    Dedicated to families who have the emotional trauma of telling a child that their Daddy has been incarcerated.

    How do you sit down and talk to your son
    and tell him that his Daddy has gone?
    It's easier explaining the meaning of death
    and why people die and draw their last breath.

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    I lost my parents 26 days apart back in February and March of 2013. I think of them both 5, 10, 50 times a day still. I want them back as well, so I know what you are going through. I feel...

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  13. 11. Missing A Friend When I'm Locked Up

    • By Shannon
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2012

    For my best friend, Wynona. I'm missing her very much. Love from Shannon.

    Another month has come,
    But you're still so far away.
    You're always in my heart
    Each and every day.

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    This how I feel about my BFF who moved far away and I haven't seen her for a long time, I really miss her!

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  14. 12. The Window

    • By William J. Ray
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Separated by a window of glass, they cannot touch, their chance has passed. They can only talk of what has been and of the trouble he's already in.

    There you are
    On the other side of the window
    You look sad and scared
    Wondering where your son is about to go

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    I know how that feeling feels with y'all's son locked up, I also have a son who is waiting for his sentencing at this moment. He has been in county jail going on 5 years waiting for his...

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  15. 13. Night Falls

    • By Marcella Myer
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2010

    My boyfriend is away in prison, and every day it hurts me so much raising our daughter by myself, so this poem just flowed from my heart, with nothing but sincerity and honesty of how I feel.

    Night falls and morning comes and still no sign of you
    I wonder what you're doing and wished I were there with you

    I think about you every day

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    Wow this site and all the comments have really made me feel less alone, my fiancée and I are at beginning of his 2 year sentence and everyone is so right it takes more strength and commitment...

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  16. 14. The Bars Between Us

    • By Cindy Francis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2016

    This poem is for my boyfriend who is in prison for a while. Some people thinks it's crazy holding onto someone you can't see, but it makes our love stronger, and I know one day he will be free. Until then, I will sit here and cry on my knees. It feels like no one knows what it's like to be in deep love with someone who you don't really see. It's hard to get through.

    The bars between us keep us apart.
    The bars between us can't keep you out of my heart.
    The bars between us create hugs we have to keep.
    The bars between us make me weak.

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    These poem has really helped me get though my days AND nights while my husband's gone and I'm trying to play the single mommy of 4 role alone....

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  17. 15. Tearing Down The Walls

    • By Mrs Shamley
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2008

    This is a poem about how my husband chose drugs over his family and went away to prison and got out 3 months ago and he is now back to his old ways and sure to go to prison again anytime soon. Please people, DON'T DO DRUGS; it's not worth it.

    When I met you, it was like I had known you for years.
    After I married you life was days full of never ending tears.
    The first time you went away I stood strong by your side.
    The second time you left me I just wanted to curl up and die.

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    Poem About Husband Not Changing After Jail Time, Tearing Down The Walls

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    I totally agree with you. I, along with my fiance, were arrested due to something that happened because of our addiction. This was my first time with a charge involving drugs but not his. He...

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  18. 16. Dear Santa

    A girl writes a letter to Santa asking him to get her mom released from prison. Dedicated to Sandra currently serving five years in prison in the UK.

    Me and Mum would always write
    dear Santa Claus a note,
    but this year Mum won't be around
    so this is what I wrote:...

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    While reading this, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Only 1 difference-since Santa can't bring my husband home, I have asked that he take me to heaven to be with him! Even though distance...

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  19. 17. The Cell

    • By Jake Wilson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008

    I write lots of poems; this is one of my brother's favorites.

    Come in and take a seat, at long last we get to meet.

    I know that you are here for committing a crime, so let's you and me do some time.
    ...

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    My son has been sentenced to life for a crime he didn't do. Yes, I know you've heard this, but it's actually true. I've heard this from every attorney, the innocence project, everyone that...

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  20. 18. Prison

    • By Thomas Kennedy
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008

    This is a promise I made while I was in prison, and I missed the most important part of my life, and that is my son's birth. I will live the rest of my days with hurt and regret knowing what I have missed.

    I got 10 months left in this Penitentiary
    Being without you makes it feel like a century
    I'm stuck in here for the crime I did
    I hate myself for missing the birth of our kid...

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    This promise is beautiful. My boyfriend got locked up shortly after finding out I was pregnant. We just found out last Monday that it's a boy. His first plea was 12 years. I'm terrified...and...

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  21. 19. Only Memories

    I missed out on a lot because of wrong choices. I still struggle with her death. Sometimes GOD stops us in our tracks, opens up our eyes and does for us what we can't do for ourselves, even if it's death to change us!!

    As I lay here in the dark, between these prison walls
    I would think about you, and my tears would fall

    You were the sun that shines, an encouraging thought...

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    I understand this completely. Unfortunately my husband has been incarcerated for the past 21 months. His mother passed away 30 days to the day of him being incarcerated and his father...

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  22. 20. Thinking About Mother

    • By Terrie L. Sherman
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Within the walls of prison, there is plenty of time to think of how things could have been different.

    Within these walls this prison
    My mind and thoughts run free.
    I think of mom and days gone by
    And of what she meant to me.

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    Mommy's away. It's been 4 years since I've seen you or even touched you. I miss you, but at the same time I'm scared to see you for fear that I'll get attached and know deep down Mommy didn't...

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